Middle Georgia Regional Library removes fines from children’s materials
The Middle Georgia Regional Library System is removing fines from children's and teen print materials effective July 1.
MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) — The Middle Georgia Regional Library System is removing fines from children’s and teen print materials effective July 1.
The library board of trustees voted earlier this year to remove the fines from those materials to remove barriers. They hope it will increase accessibility for lower income families. They are also forgiving all outstanding fines for those materials.
The library encourages people who previously had fines on their accounts for children’s and teen materials to come back and use the library services.
Other libraries across the county have similar policies in place, and they found their communities read more when fines aren’t an issue.
We spoke with Middle Georgia Regional Library Director Jennifer Lautzenheiser about the new policy.
“Once we learned the impact that fines have and really how ineffective they are at the purpose they were originally created for, it seemed like an easy answer for our library board to remove those fines from children’s materials,” Lautzenheiser said.
Checked out items will still have a due date. Customers will still be responsible for lost or damaged items. The change does not apply to adult materials.